Collaborative Divorce

Divorce, or the ending of any long-term relationship, is intensely personal.  Our adversarial legal system may be great for addressing criminal issues, but it was never set up to handle the emotional turmoil that you can experience when trying to find your way through separation and custody discussions.

Lifespan Counseling Center offers Divorce Counseling and Child Expert services for Collaborative Divorce.

Lower the cost of divorce

For many years we have served as Court Ordered Custody Evaluators in contentious litigation, but the recent advent of Collaborative Divorce is more consistent with our desire to solve problems in a non-adversarial manner. Collaborative Divorce is not for everyone and finding a properly trained and certified attorney and mental health practitioner is necessary. But if you are a candidate, Collaborative Divorce should save you 50% or more of the cost of a litigated divorce and provide a more equitable and satisfactory outcome.

Reduce the negative encounters

Collaborative is a different way to divorce that is:

  • Supportive
  • Considerate
  • Sensible
  • Constructive
  • Mutual
  • Based on self-respect
  • Client-centered

A growing number of lawyers, mental health professionals and financial specialists are trained and certified in Collaborative Practice, which is a more constructive alternative to those seeking a divorce. The Collaborative Practice model is based on three principles:

  • A pledge not to go to court
  • An honest exchange of information by both spouses
  • A solution that takes into account the highest priorities of both adults and their children

You keep control — not the courts

In Collaborative Divorce you and your spouse jointly maintain control of the decisions, rather than hoping a judge rules in your favor. All parties in Collaborative Practice agree in writing to be part of a respectful process that resolves divorce issues with an out-of-court agreement.

Work with trained therapists and negotiators

Collaborative Practice takes into account the stress and strained communication that occurs in most all divorces. As mental health professionals we work with both lawyers and all parties in order to keep the lines of communication open. Instead of angry letters sent back and forth between attorney’s, Collaborative Divorce provides for face-to-face meetings with you, your spouse, the lawyers and other members of your team. These sessions offer an open exchange of information and the opportunity to share needs and expectations. The outcome is solution-oriented.